Oct 30, 2013

iPhotographer Magazine Closing Down

If you subscribed to iPhotographer Magazine (as I did), you probably received a notice today that they will be closing business as of the end of October 2013. There was a detailed explanation in the email about why this step was taken.

I guess now the issue is will Apple refund subscribers partially for the remainder of the subscription not used. I don't know about you, but this makes me a bit hesitant to purchase subscriptions in the future. But I guess this is the chance you take when you take out a subscription to any service or publication.

I've written to Apple to request a refund. I'll be curious to hear their response.

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear them.

Oct 28, 2013

Painterly Mobile Art Monday - No. 15

The Flickr Group I started features images edited in a painterly fashion. There are several ways to create painterly images from your photos. There are even apps designed to help: Glaze, Tangled FX, PhotoViva, Artist's Touch, iColorama and Repix are just a few. If you have some other suggestions, I would love to read about them - just leave a comment.

Here is today's selection from the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group. We're always looking for new members to join us! Click on an image to see the image on Flickr and discover more of the artist's work.

Frost Bite © Nicki Fitz-Gerald
Frost Bite © Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Oct 27, 2013

Customizing Tangled FX - Sharing One of My Secret Formulas!

Tangled FX is an interesting app that I use a lot. Several people have asked me about the settings I use. This post will show you the exact settings of one of my custom styles.

First of all it's important to note that when you load a photo into Tangled FX, your photo is shown in a "Preview" Size. To view how the actual finished photo will look you need to tap the Preview button at the top of the app and it will then switch to show the full resolution image with the style applied.

If you use the built-in preset styles you can take an image and get various results - a few are shown below:

Fibers Harsh

Oct 22, 2013

Richard Gray's Great Portraits With Your Smart Phone

I first heard about Richard Gray (@rugfoot on Instagram) from my friend Dilshad Corleone (@italianbrother on Instagram). Dilshad had taken a course in iPhoneography from Richard and raved about all that he learned. I had to admit I was a tad envious that Dilshad had access to such a great teacher in his area (London).

Now, we can all benefit from the teachings of Richard Gray through a recorded version of a recent webinar, "Great Portraits With Your Smart Phone".

2013-10-10 17.00 Richard Gray presents Great portraits with your smart phone from Manfrotto on Vimeo.

For more about Richard, check out my interview with him here.

Oct 21, 2013

Painterly Mobile Artist Erika Brothers

Each artist in the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group has their own unique style. Today I'm featuring Erika Brothers and one of her favorite images. After reading more about Erika, I would heartily agree with her that she's indeed found her calling as an artist! 

Please visit the group to see more of Erika's work along with that of all of the artists. If you are a mobile photographer who enjoys editing in a painterly style, we'd love to have you join us!

The Work

Sunflower © Erika Brothers
Sunflower © Erika Brothers

Oct 18, 2013

Investigating the Abandoned with thelongsilence

I'm a big fan of reality shows especially ones that feature singers, dancers, etc. I have noticed a recurring theme. If the person auditioning thinks they're REALLY great, they usually aren't and those that have tremendous talent are normally very humble. Such is the case with the artist I interviewed for this feature. Richard, aka @thelongsilence on Instagram didn't believe me when I told him that HE was one of the reasons I started taking Instagram seriously as a platform for sharing photographic art. He was one of the first people I encountered who didn't take only selfies, food shots and pictures of feet! His gallery inspired me to have a second look at the potential of smartphone photography. 

Please enjoy this very candid interview with a fabulous mobile photographer.

© thelongsilence
5-Star Accommodations © thelongsilence 

What's in a Name? Do you Title Your Images?

Although I love editing images, the difficult part for me comes when I try to think of a title. There is no hard and fast rule that says you have to title your work, but it does add something to an image, especially when you are submitting a piece for a possible inclusion in an exhibit.

My titles are usually boring, like "Portrait of a Man" or "Portrait of a Young Woman".  There are a few photographers I consider masters when it comes to titling an image and one is certainly the brilliant Susan Tuttle. I recently asked Susan if she had any suggestions for coming up with a title and she offered this advice, "Just close your eyes and wait patiently. Don't think. Then the words come."

Hmmm...I wondered if it would work, so I gave it a try with a few recent images and to my surprise, the words did come! Thank You, Susan!

© Geri Centonze
The Flower Whisperer

Oct 16, 2013

International Mobile Photo Day 20th October

Hey mobile photo enthusiasts! Nokia has announced the first International Mobile Photography Day to be this Sunday, October 20th. Everyone (not just Nokia owners) are invited to post one of their best mobile photos to Twitter using the hashtag #1020MobilePhotoDay on Sunday.

Oct 9, 2013

The Whole Story - Photo by Nico Brons

The image below was part of Monday's Painterly Mobile Art post. The photographer, Nico Brons, was kind enough to provide me with The Whole Story behind this lovely image.

The Photograph

When will he come home? © Nico Brons
When will he come home? © Nico Brons

Oct 8, 2013

Get These While They're Free - MonoPix and ColorPix

Normally when apps are offered for FREE, I've already purchased them, so I miss out on the deal, but today there are two that are NEW to me AND they are currently FREE!


Oct 7, 2013

Painterly Mobile Art Monday - No. 14

More highlighted work from the Painterly Mobile Art Flickr Group. Please join us if you're a mobile artist and like experimenting with edits in a painterly style.

Fistful of Happiness © Dee Ashley
Fistful of Happiness © Dee Ashley

Oct 5, 2013

Embracing Tuscany with Gianluca Ricoveri

© Gianluca Ricoveri
To view the work of Gianluca Ricoveri is a moving experience. I see his images and I want to be in them. I want to walk down those paths, be shadowed by the lofty trees and be enveloped by the countryside of Tuscany! I had the great honor of interviewing this very talented artist. His words are as elegant as his art - Enjoy!

© Gianluca Ricoveri

Geri:  Please share a bit about yourself before we begin.

Gianluca: I am 63 years old, I am retired and I live near Pisa in Tuscany. When I am not busy with iPhoneography, I paint, read and listen to music, even though the times I spend on these hobbies is less and less. Shooting and editing photos is taking more and more time.

ladibird Promises DSLR quality portraits with your iPhone

As a bit of an iPhone photo fanatic, I am always interested in new gear that will enhance what I can do with my smartphone. I am already proud owner of the Olloclip 3-in-1 and Olloclip Telephoto/Polarizing Lens, HiLo Lens and I'm looking forward to the release of the ladibird!  ladibird is a professional camera that connects directly to your iPhone to give you DSLR-quality portraits in a snap!

Watch the video below to see more and check out the chat with the developers here.  I wish I had jumped on board earlier to get one of the first ladibirds but I'll just have to wait until it's official release in 2014!


Oct 4, 2013

Open Call for the Mobile Photography Awards

I attended the LAMAF exhibit last year and it changed the course of my life, literally.  Until I toured the exhibit, I didn't realize the potential of the instrument I carried with me everywhere...my iPhone.

Now it's your chance (and mine too!) to enter your best work for this year's Mobile Photography Awards. Click on the image below to visit the MPA website.

The IPA Quarterly Contemporary Photography Exhibition Opens October 12

I'm thrilled to have one of my photographic pieces in the IPA Quarterly Exhibit which opened yesterday, October 3rd. If you are in the Southern California area, please make plans to attend the FREE Opening Reception on October 12th from 6-9 p.m. Below is the official Press Release.

New Photo App of the Week Video Series by Emil Pakarklis

Emil Pakarklis over at iphonephotographyschool.com has just released the first in a weekly series called Photo App of the Week. Do you have so many photo apps that you never used because you just haven't got a clue how they work or haven't mastered them yet? I fall into that category - just check out My Apps to see just how many I have on my iPad right now!

Emil not only gives excellent instruction, he provides the photo he's working on for you to download so you can follow along with the tutorials! And it's all FREE!

Here's a teaser from his first in the series on Snapseed (there are a total of five videos in this series).

LoryStripes Looks Like a Keeper

There are always new Photo apps being released on the App Store, but very few new ones catch my eye because they all seem to do the same old thing. LoryStripes is one that is unique and bound to be a hit when it is finally released. I just downloaded the beta version today to test. Want a teaser? Check out this video - LoryStripes has a lot of potential, don't you think?

Lorystripes Teaser from Lorystripes on Vimeo.

Richard Gray presents Great portraits with your smart phone

You don't want to miss this awesome opportunity to learn from one of the best, Richard Gray! You may know him as @rugfoot and follow him at his iPhoggy-Bloggy and now you have the opportunity to view his webinar, "Great Portratis With Your Smart Phone"on October10th.

Space is limited so hurry on over and sign-up! Click on the image below for more details.

Oct 1, 2013

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